Early Efforts Pay Off with Anderson

Kevin Anderson was targeted early in the recruiting process by the Sun Devils, and the wide receiver was already back then attracted to ASU. A spring unofficial visit to Tempe only strengthen those notions and ultimately led to a verbal commit given to the Arizona State staff on Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm relieved," said the 6-1 185 Kevin Anderson. "I really like Arizona State and I'm happy I made this decision.

"I felt more comfortable at Arizona State than I did other schools and I just saw myself playing there. I was very comfortable early on with their recruiting. All the coaches made it feel like home when I visited there. It was just a good fit."

Anderson added that the style of play of the Sun Devils is similar to his Lakewood high school which runs a three-WR set.

The fact the ASU's wide receivers coach, Eric Yarber, coached the likes of Chad Johnson and T. J. Houshmandzadeh in college, as well as Terrell Owens in the NFL didn't go unnoticed by ASU's newest commit.

"It played a big part," Anderson acknowledged. "I love Chad Johnson and T.O. Coach Yarber showed me autographed pictures of them giving him props.

"I obviously wouldn't mind being coached by the same person. He told me that the team is losing three wide receivers so I know I have a chance to make a big impact on the program when I get there."

Anderson chose ASU over LSU and mentioned that North Carolina was "coming on strong" in the last few days. Aside from those three programs, Anderson had offers from Washington, Washington State and BYU.

"Playing close to home and in the Pac-10 played a factor," Anderson stated.

As a junior in 2008, Anderson managed to haul in 50 receptions for 762 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"I feel that I'm very quick off the ball," said Anderson who reported a 4.43 40-yard time. "I don't go down very easily. I'm a ball-hog. I don't care where the ball is thrown I'm going to get it.

"I need to get off my breaks better, but I think I run very good routes and have very good fundamentals because I have very good coaching."

Anderson is the eighth known verbal commit of ASU's 2010 recruiting class.

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